4 Jan 2016 - GORDO BANKS PANGAS San Jose del Cabo Anglers – December 13, 2015
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  Eric Brictson
 Author E-mail:  gordobanks@yahoo.com
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San Jose del Cabo

Anglers –

December 13, 2015

Another quiet week for numbers of visitors arriving in the Los Cabos area,
another ten days or so we should see more holiday travelers. Weather
patterns were more like typical late fall season patterns, cooler mornings,
predominate north winds, relentless for days, before diminishing for a
period and then repeating the cycle. Air temperatures in the mid-80s and
the strength of the sunshine has felt surprisingly intense for
mid-December. Scattered clouds most days, threatening light rain later in
the week. Lighter winds early in the week, increasing by week’s end. Ocean
temperatures are ranging from 78 to 82 degrees, warmest currents being
reported straight outside of Cabo San Lucas and towards the Pacific Banks.
Overall ocean conditions are considerably warmer than what they normally
would be for this time of year, definitely results from El Nino.

Local fishing grounds are still attracting pelagic gamefish such as
yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, skipjack, sailfish, striped and blue marlin.
We are anticipating on having summer and fall type fishing action lasting
into this winter season, this as a result of warmer than usual ocean
conditions. There are some cooler water species like sierra now appearing
along beach stretches and bonito off the structure. No reports of any new
resource for sardinas, we expect as the ocean temps eventually cool,
schools of sardinas will return, hard to predict what is going on with
these baitfish migrations, many factors involved. Whales are now arriving
on their annual migration, numerous sightings, this activity should only
increase in the next couple of months.

San Jose del Cabo fleets concentrated most of their efforts on the grounds
from the Gordo Banks to Iman Bank. Action was somewhat sporadic, no great
numbers of any particular fish, though there were some quality fish being
accounted for every day, again the pressure was light due to minimal crowds
of anglers at this time. There was good dorado action found early in the
day, straight out front of Puerto Los Cabos Marina, 2 to 4 miles out, slow
trolling caballito was the best producer, though some dorado also hit on
trolled lures or ballyhoo, for anglers that were able to find any of these
rigging baits. Most dorado were weighing in the 12 to 25 lb. range, nice
sized fish, charters accounted for anywhere from one or two, up to four or
five fish per day. On these same ground there were billfish, this past week
anglers hooked into sailfish, striped and black and blue marlin. There was
a story of a black marlin hooked later in the day anglers battled this fish
until 8 p.m. before breaking it off, no moon at all and the crew did not
seem to be making any headway.

Yellowfin tuna was a bit spottier, though in recent days this action did
show signs of improvement. The key to this action was finding sufficient
supplies of squid slabs, drift fishing while chumming was the method that
was working. Both Inner and Outer Gordo Banks were holding yellowfin of 40
to 100 pound class, most likely much larger, most of the fish being landed
from these grounds were in the 60 to 80 lb., we heard of a local pangeros
last week who caught a tuna that went 180 lb. Other heavy hook ups were
lost, included more than one big fish lost to cut lines, suspected that
some lost commercial set gear could be the problem. Anglers were lucky to
land one or two of these tuna and had to be specifically targeting these
fish. The Iman Bank produced a grade of tuna in the 15 to 35 lb. range,
also nice fish and chance at more numbers, some charters had as many as 5
to 8 of these yellowfin. These were the same grounds where wahoo have been
holding, the bite has been on and off, mainly on trolled baits, caballito,
skipjack or chihuil, not much reported on trolled lures recently, of course
more anglers are fishing the bait, compared to trolling lures.

Some sierra now mixed with mostly smaller sized roosterfish found close to
shore, inside the marina area locals are having a field day with the wide
open barracuda bite. Bottom action consisted mostly for smaller sized pargo
and triggerfish, a few bonito and cabrilla.

The combined panga fleets launching out of La Playita, Puerto Los Cabos
Marina sent out approximately 56 charters for the week, with anglers
reporting a fish count of: 11 sailfish 1 blue marlin, 17 striped marlin, 66
yellowfin tuna, 85 dorado, 18 wahoo, 4 sierra, 28 pargo, 1 pompano, 10
cabrilla, 16 white skipjack, 8 bonito, 12 rainbow runner, 14 roosterfish, 4
surgeonfish and 20 triggerfish

Good fishing, Eric

Eric Brictson / Operator
619 488-1859
Los Cabos (624) 142-1147